The essentials of the region
During your stay, don't miss out on discovering the emblematic sites of Gâtine poitevine, symbols of its identity and the riches of its history and landscape.
Parthenay, Country of art and history
Take the time to discover this remarkable medieval city, stage of the secondary roads of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostela. You will be charmed by its many Romanesque buildings, its ramparts, its fortified doors, its Saint-Jacques quarter with half-timbered houses and its garden inspired by medieval times.
Airvault, Small City of Character
Let yourself be surprised by the Romanesque abbey church, the market halls, the old castle, the underground fountain... of this medieval village. Take the opportunity to visit free of charge the Musée Jacques Guidez, which has a large collection of ethnographic objects.
Saint-Loup-Lamairé, Small City of Character
Stroll through the medieval streets that house magnificent half-timbered houses from the 15th and 16th centuries. Discover the Château de Saint-Loup and the church of Notre Dame de l'Assomption to admire its altarpiece and perhaps hear the Aubertin organ. Treat yourself to a canoe or pedalo ride from the pier located in the heart of the village.
Coulonges-sur-l'Autize, Renaissance castle
Discover this historic monument, one of the most precious examples of Renaissance architecture in Poitou. Be charmed by its elegant rooms, its chapel, its cellars and its exceptional kitchens with carved vaults, jewel of the castle. Feel free to stroll through the city centre, which surprises with its eclectic architecture.
Saint-Marc-La-Lande, Commanderie des Antonins et Collégiale
Hidden treasure of Gâtine, this architectural and landscaped complex located on the roads of Saint Jacques de Compostelle will not leave you indifferent: Renaissance collegiate church (flamboyant gothic), Commanderie des Antonins, medicinal garden and orchard. Cultural programme.Programmation culturelle.
Saint-Loup-Lamairé, Cebron Lake
Preserved natural site, this sensitive natural area offers an exceptional biological richness. You can practice many outdoor activities: sailing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and take the time to observe the birds.
La Vélo Francette
This 627 km cycle route starts from Ouistreham (Manche) to reach the Atlantic coast in La Rochelle. The route was voted Europe's best cycling route at the FIETS show in Utrecht (Netherlands) in 2017 and in 2018 won the first prize in the cycling route by the French Cyclotourism Federation. In Gâtine, it travels along the Thouet valley then continues south to reach Niort via Mazières-en-Gâtine and Champdeniers. How sweet it is to travel around our countryside and be charmed by its architectural and natural jewels! Wait no longer and take the time to discover this region by bicycle!